The Templeton Science of Prospection Awards is a research competition for up to fifteen 22- to 24-month projects with an average of $150,000. This initiative encourages all proposals that promise to advance the science of prospection—the mental representation and evaluation of possible futures—particularly, (1) Measuring prospection, (2) Mechanisms of prospection, (3) Application of prospection, and (4) Improving prospection. A letter of intent and CV are due by January 1, 2014.
FQXi requests proposals for rigorous research on the Physics of Information both in physics and also in related fields including cosmology, astrophysics, mathematics, computer science, complex systems, biology, and neuroscience. Funded research will address the gap between research and technological progress on information science, and active study of the true physical nature of information. Grants totaling about $3.0M will be available to researchers in academic and other non-profit institutions worldwide for projects up to two years in duration. Initial proposals are due January 16, 2013.
The Center of Theological Inquiry, with funding from the John Templeton Foundation, invites grant applications that explore how new research in psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, and primatology are challenging our understanding of religious experience and moral and ethical identity. Applications will be accepted between September 1 and November 30, 2012. Successful applicants will be awarded one of eight research fellowships of up to $70,000 or two postdoctoral fellowships of up to $40,000.
This three-year, $5.6 million program aims to support bold, innovative ideas with potential to expand boundaries and deepen the foundation of scientific inquiry and catalyze breakthrough discoveries on Big Questions in astronomy and cosmology through a worldwide science grant competition and a concurrent essay contest for high school and college students. Approximately 15 grant research grant awards of up to $300K (theory) or up to $500K (experimental) and 16 essay prizes ($5,000-$50,000) are anticipated. Deadlines are April 16, 2012 (research grant program) and June 15, 2012 (student essay competition).
From October 25th to 28th 2012, the University of Heidelberg, Germany, will host a major conference on “The Science and Religion Dialogue: Past and Future”. In connection with this event, we announce an essay contest for young scholars. Up to five winners will be invited to participate in this conference. Their travel costs will be covered and room and meals provided during their stay in Heidelberg. We ask for a paper between 1,500 and 4,000 words related to the general topic of the Science and Religion Dialogue. The papers will be evaluated by an international group of scholars. The deadline for submitting the essay is April 30th, 2012.
The Mind & Life Institute, with funding from The John Templeton Foundation, invites Contemplative Studies Fellowship grant applications that propose to bring fresh perspectives from the humanities into contemplative neuroscience and contemplative clinical science. One-year grants will be awarded to successful applicants holding Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor (or equivalent) rank at their academic institution. Fellowship grants will be awarded in line with American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) guidelines based on academic rank.
This initiative, entitled “Growing the Field of Chaplaincy Research in Palliative Care,” aims to build capacity in the field of chaplaincy research in palliative care by creating an interdisciplinary network of experienced researchers and board-certified chaplains, promoting career development of participants, and supporting field-advancing research projects to better understand chaplaincy care in palliative care.
As the first component of a larger project, this $3 million research initiative seeks to expand the scientific understanding of gratitude, particularly in the key areas of health and well-being, developmental science, and social relationships. Investigators interested in being considered for funding should submit a three-page, single-spaced Letter of Intent (LOI) by February 15, 2012, at 5:00PM PST.
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Under the intellectual leadership of Martin Nowak, professor of biology and of mathematics at Harvard University, the Foundational Questions in Evolutionary Biology (FQEB) project aims to fund at least ten research projects to study foundational questions in evolutionary biology. The purpose of the FQEB project is to generate new kinds of knowledge and understanding in core areas in biology where there have been serious "missing knowledge problems."